Opera ballet

“La Danse” behind the scenes of the Paris Opera Ballet

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman used to sneak in to see the ballet when he was a young law student in New York. Wiseman quickly became fascinated with “this beautiful form, which is so evanescent, so ephemeral and all the work that goes into it – and it’s over in a flash,” he said. Here Now […]

Opera ballet

At the Paris Opera Ballet: do you think you can compete?

PARIS THE stage at the Palais Garnier is bare and luminous. Eleven people are seated at a table in the empty section of the orchestra, frowning over their notebooks. A bell rings and an announcer appears on stage and officially introduces a dancer. For about three minutes, she navigates the technical minefields of the mandatory […]